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When 66 year-old Gustaf Hakansson heard about the 1,000-mile Tour of Sweden bicycle race, he was determined to enter, despite the protests of nearly everyone. You're too old! they all said. But Gustaf entered the race anyway. What's more, he won it--if not officially, at least in the hearts of all of Sweden. Today he remains a hero, known to Swedes as Supergrandpa. Full-co ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1991 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Misbah
Such an inspirational story!

An old man competes in a bike race despite being rejected official entry due to his age.
Scott Volz
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Based on the true story of Gustaf Hakensson, who in 1951 completed the over 1000-mile "Tour of Sweden" as an unofficial competitor, Supergrandpa has a "defying the odds" drama and excitement that readers (and listeners) should enjoy.

The book's watercolor (I think) illustrations have something of a faded, impressionistic quality that give it an old-fashioned, slightly rustic feel that seems to fit the title character.

To me, this is a great book for grandparents lucky enough to be physically activ
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Hannah Schweiter
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Although it may not seem like it, this book is perfect for basing a mathematics lesson off of it. (Based of of Supergrandpa's speed)

Supergrandpa is based on the true story of 66 year old bicycle racer, Gustav Hakansson. He went 1000 miles in a race in which he was not allowed to enter because of his age. He is recognized as a hero after finishing first in the race.

How did he do it? You will have to read to find out! ;)
Jackie
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Based on the true story of bicycle racer, 66 year-old Gustav Hakansson, Supergrandpa, is another story about the extraordinary things ordinary people can do once they set their mind to something.

Gustav pedaled 1000 miles in a race in which he was not allowed to enter because of his age. Although it took him a few extra days and he pedaled during the night instead of when the other competitors were racing, he finished first and became a local hero.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This fictionalized account of Gustaf Hakansson's famous bike ride in Sweden inspires readers. Schwartz took liberty with the true life story and turned it into a tortoise and the hare tale.
Bill Seliger
Mar 30, 2009 added it
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A great book for children of all ages. The tortoise and the hare story retold from the view of a bicycle seat. Except this is based on a true story.
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Bjorn read this to me and it is quite an inspiring and moving little story of an "old" man who decides to race his bicycle with the pros and wins the heart of Sweden in the process.
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As a child, I was filled with a sense of awe as I contemplated the universe. The huge numbers of stars and their sizes and distances never failed to amaze me. With binoculars and magnifying glass, I also focused on closer subjects like birds, flowers, frogs and bugs.

But science and math weren't my only fascinations: I also loved bicycles, baseball, boats…and ice cream. Years later, on a clear spr
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